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Chef Roy Choi calls himself a “street cook”He wants outsiders low riderskids teens shufflers and skateboardersto have food cooked with care with lovewith sohn maashSohn maash is the flavors in our fingertips It is the love and A kid walked up to my Reference Desk Looked me suare in the eye Said I need a biography Sure thing I chirruped That s an easy reuest We ve biographies galore in the library after all Surely one would please this customer Yet the little guy just shook his head and continued I need a biography about someone who isn t dead Ah That Sure we were able to load him down with a fair number of books and didn t he look happy when we did but the uestion stung Why are publishers so consistently putting out biographies of dead people I understand how hard it is to convey a person s life work when they themselves are capable of doing even bigger and better things in the future Yet when a picture book biography is done and done well there s only one word for it magic And Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remi taps into that magic space very well Very well indeedBorn in Seoul Korea to loving family Roy Choi moved to LA when he was only two There he grew to love his mother s cooking but when the family moved into a pricier neighborhood young Roy was cast adrift He spent years trying to find his path At last Roy was inspired to become a chef and not just any chef With much practice he was a rousing success He made food for movie stars He made food for thousands of eaters But even the fanciest job can wear you down In time Roy needed to reconnect with eaters So he and partner started a fleet of food trucks that would mix element of Mexican and Korean food Trucks that stared out in high residential neighborhoods now serve neighborhoods that don t get a lot of attention And Roy in many ways is now the people s chefIt makes me happy to think that Jacueline Briggs Martin was one of the brains behind this book She has loads of talent on display after all For example it s so interesting to watch how Briggs conveys the passage of time and huge life events with as few words as possible Just admire for a moment the succinct beauty of these four sentences Neighborhood changed Restaurant closedParents new jewelry business Big house in the burbs That s tight to the point and eschews unnecessary time consuming text Instead you have everything you need to know in one uick tidy little packageI was talking with an author of nonfiction the other day about fake dialogue in children s nonfiction picture books As a librarian I hate the stuff It feels like a cheap way to write nonfiction for kids Her perspective was similar but different As she put it she would LOVE to fictionalize aspects of one subject s life or another But that s the problem You can t be inauthentic just because it s the easy way to go As I read through Briggs book this conversation came back to me Briggs has been in the picture book nonfiction game longer than most She s no fresh faced newbie but rather an expert with experience tucked away under her belt As such she can include factual information that could potentially derail her thesis and present it in a clever manner One example of this that comes to mind is the moment when Chef Choi is offered the chance to open a Korean barbecue taco truck Since Choi is the hero of our story it would be the easiest thing in the world to let the reader assume that the truck was his idea in the first place Alas Briggs doesn t credit his partner by name in the text To find that out you have to go to the Bibliography in the back and find the LA Times article Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson try to start a healthful fast food revolution in Watts with Locol Yet Ms Martin is not the sole author on this book Eual billing is credited to one June Jo Lee I wondered why Surely Ms Briggs Martin was capable of a stand up and cheer job solo right So I read through both of their Authors Notes to get a sense of the publisher s thought process As it happens Ms Lee was born in the 1970s in South Korea much as Roy was She also attended elementary school in California when he did and she takes pains to explain how changes in the 1965 immigration laws were responsible for their families moves Though her note does not specify why Ms Lee was brought on to the project Ms Martin s does Jacueline mentions that June Jo Lee generously shared as much information about Korean food as well as many insights into Korean culture and spoke movingly of the challenges of being a first generation Korean in America So much so that she is no mere consultant but a full co author with everything that that entails The remix as a teaching tool is a relatively new idea even as the actual concept is as old as civilization itself Whether your child attends a progressive school a public one a charter school or any other you re going to find an increased attention on the educational benefits of encouraging children to mix match meld melt and generally combine disparate but complementary elements into something entirely new Finding books for a remix curriculum however can be just as tricky I ve been pleased to see a rise in maker culture in our children s literature but for whatever reason insufficient praise has been lauded upon those remix geniuses of history Roy may deal in street food but as author June Jo Lee says in her Author s Note This mix of flavors reflects the new America today Adult readers that encounter this will find it difficult not to extrapolate further knowing all too well that there are people here in America that would find such mixes highly disturbing because of what they imply For my own part I wanted to include some readalikes in this review of other books that show off fascinating contemporary remixes for kids Shockingly few come to mindThere s also a very real economic message behind Chef Choi s story One of the first things you read about him in this book is that He s cooked in fancy restaurants for rock stars and royalty But he d rather cook on a truck and then He wants outsiders low riders kids teens shufflers and skateboarders to have food cooked with care with love with sohn maash Now here s where it gets tricky The one thing you do NOT want to do with a book like this is to pain Roy as some kind of food truck savior bringing his greatness to the little people below The book is refreshingly devoid of pity for the working class It s businesslike in its story As it says Roy and Chef DP opened in lower income neighborhoods to feed good food create worthy jobs and bring smiles The idea to give the job of illustration to a graffiti artist is not new but this may be its most successful application Man One only met Roy Choi when the Kogi trucks were first taking off but he s been a strong supporter from the start In this book he incorporates a lot of mixed media as well as a tagging style to distinguish Roy s tale from the pack As a result you ll see things like blank cassette tapes serving as a seemingly white background on the cover ramen endpapers and blank stickers that are commonly used in street art alongside the cooking poems of the book Interestingly Man One is strongest not when he s depicting people faces give him a particular bit of trouble but angles new perspectives energy color life and vitality In his Illustrator s Note at the book s end he says that I tried to give the viewer a little taste of the uniue landscape that exists in LA So that s another thing I have never ever in all my livelong days seen a book praise Los Angeles as seriously and unrepentantly as Man One does here This isn t just an ode to Chef Roy Choi It s a love letter to his city as wellEven if books featuring an array of different kinds of remixes never increase in numbers at least kids have this one Visually peppy with a message that deserves to be heard by people of all economic backgrounds this is one of those nonfiction picture books I can hand to any librarian or child and walk away knowing they ll love it as much as I do No matter who you are or how much you have you can make an impact in the world around you Roy did And what s his impact has been noticeably delicious Great good stuff all aroundFor ages 5 10

Summary Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

Eles where he was raised So remixing food from the streets just like good music and serving it up from a truck is true to LA food culture People smiled and talked as they waited in line Won't you join him as he makes good food smil Possible content are crossover Social StudiesFiction Book Eat Leo Eat by Caroline Adderson Published 2015Eat Leo Eat tells the story of a boy who gathers with family for lunch every Sunday However Leo never wants to eat his lunch The next few weeks his Italian grandmother begins to tell him stories to trick him into eating until eventually he is hungry for stories Eat Leo Eat is centered around family storytelling and food so I thought pairing this book with Chef Roy Choi would be a great way to introduce students to different cultures and their foods Chef Roy loved making food with his family and every afternoon they told stories shared news and laughed as they made dumplings In the end Leo ends up in the kitchen helping his family prepare lunch and is happy to have a seat at the table Chey Roy loved being in a busy kitchen and called his family s restaurant the best good place The connection between both books demonstrates how food can bring people together Some of the best memories are made in the kitchen learning about family traditions and enjoying a great meal with the ones you love For a class activity I would use a web to discuss food culture Students can share their favorite dishes traditions with food or ideas on what makes food so special to people all around the world

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Cooking talent that Korean mothers and grandmothers mix into their handmade foods For Chef Roy Choi food means love It also means culture not only of Korea where he was born but the many cultures that make up the streets of Los Ang Content Area Crossover Social Studies Fiction Twin Text Rice and Rocks by Sandra L Richards Published February 5 2016 Rationale The biggest reason that I thought that Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix and Rice and Rocks would be a great pair of twin texts is that both books celebrate different cultures through food Chef Roy Choi loves making Korean food with care love and sohn maash In the story it is stated that sohn maash is the flavors within our fingertips In the book he is an amazingly talented chef but he loves working in food trucks and providing the food needs for those who often go hungry He also helps create a food truck where it is a Latino Korean food cultural fusion of tacos and Korean barbecue He worked to create a food where both cultures and their food were appreciated and recognized In Rice and Rocks the main character Giovanni is having friends over for dinner Giovanni is Jamaican and eats authentic Jamaican food at home He is embarrassed and worried that his friends may not like his food but within the book he gets to go on a journey and see all of the different cultural foods that his friends eat at home I think that both of these texts do a phenomenal job at celebrating the importance of our individual cultures in our food They both also do a great job emphasizing how amazing it is that our cultures can sometimes blend and work together to create something new such as the Korean BB Tacos I would use a webbing activity for this set of twin texts I would put the word food in the middle and have the students start listing words that remind them of food and make connections between them


10 thoughts on “Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

  1. says:

    A kid walked up to my Reference Desk Looked me suare in the eye Said “I need a biography” “Sure thing” I chirruped That’s an easy reuest We’ve biographies galore in the library after all Surely one would please this customer Yet t

  2. says:

    This is a Sibert Honor book It is energetic enthusiastic and charming Most of all it is about combining two diverse communities by food Vietnamese and Mexican Roy Choi felt like an outsider in a Los Angeles suburb as a teen He ended up cooking food for the street in a cooking truck I wasn't enthusiastic about this book How did he co

  3. says:

    Possibly content area crossover for this book could be Social Studies and learning about multicultural societies as pointed out by the Korean influence in Roy Choi’s food Another content area to focus on with t

  4. says:

    Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix is a children's picture book written by the team of Jacueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee and illustrated by Man One It chronicles the life of Roy Choi a street kid who learned how to cook and manages to successfully fuse Mexican and Korean cuisine within a food truck of all placesMay at

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    Content Area Crossover Social Studies Fiction Twin Text Rice and Rocks by Sandra L Richards Published February 5 2016 Rationale The biggest reason that I thought that Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix and Rice and Rocks would be a great pair of twin texts is that both books celebrate different cultures t

  6. says:

    Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacueline Briggs MartinDragons Love Tacos by Adam RubinContent area Social Studies Food CultureChef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix is about Roy who found his love for cooking and eventually created his own taco truck after working at famous restaurants It talks about how Ro

  7. says:

    I choice social studies for this book because it deals a lot with food culture For my fiction book I chose The Boy Who Wanted to Cook

  8. says:

    Possible content are crossover Social StudiesFiction Book Eat Leo Eat by Caroline Adderson Published 2015Eat Leo Eat tells the story of a boy who gathers with family for lunch every Sunday However Leo never wants to eat his lunch The next few weeks his Italian grandmother begins to tell him stories to trick him into eating until eventually he is “hungry” for stories Eat Leo Eat is centered around family sto

  9. says:

    This book would connect well with science and healthy eating I would use the twin text The Children’s Garden because both

  10. says:

    Content Area Language Arts use of vocabulary wordsThe twin text for this book I picked is “Food Trucks” By Todd Mark This book is all about food trucks and the different foods that a food truck can provide This can be a twin text to Chef Roy Choi because Roy ends up working in a Korean and Mexican food truck The fiction story

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